9 June 2016

A Friendship Between Fantasy Greats

Two famous authors, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, had a deep friendship. CS Lewis helped JRR Tolkien get published, but Tolkien admitted he didn’t even like Lewis’ work, especially "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," which he thought was terrible. Both were Christians and heavily influenced by Christian ideology. Tolkien says "Lord of the Rings" was a deeply Catholic book, while Lewis was more influenced by writers of the Renaissance who were fascinated by Pagan mythology. Listen as this radio story explores the two authors' friendship and motivations.

Listening Comprehension Questions:

What impact did Tolkien have on Lewis’ personal religious belief?
How was Lewis responsible for Tolkien being a published author?
Lewis was a fan of Tolkien’s work. How did Tolkien feel about "The Chronicles of Narnia" by Lewis?
How did Lewis and Tolkien see fantasy differently?
What other time periods and legacies influenced Tolkien? What influenced Lewis?

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